Waterloo, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes area,
is a community with a rich historic heritage. Waterloo’s location between the northern-most tips of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes makes it a center for those interested in recreational facilities which abound in this area.
Early Waterloo was a thriving industrial village. Historical events of national importance have occurred here and given birth to many “firsts.” Much of the planning for the first Woman’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848, took place in Waterloo at the Hunt and McClintock houses. The most significant Waterloo first is the birth of Memorial Day. On May 5, 1866, Waterloo conducted the nation’s first formal, continuing remembrance of veterans who had died in war. The Federal Government in 1966 formally recognized Waterloo as the Birthplace of Memorial Day.
The Mormon religion had its birth on the Peter Whitmer farm two miles south of Waterloo and tile drainage in America was originated by John Johnston on his farm a few miles west of this village. The first Pullman car was conceived and constructed by a Waterloo man, Major Frederick Furniss.
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